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Greening of Social Housing: key findings and benefits in the low-income rental housing sector

Greening of Social Housing pilot project:

Social housing is a critical tool for urban restructuring; it provides low-income households with quality affordable housing close to major economic hubs. In this ground-breaking technical and social research-based project, WWF sought to address several challenges social housing institutions had in meeting their mission to provide quality, affordable social housing.

The report highlights three vital lessons:
  1. The success of greening social housing hinges on effective, strategic policy frameworks that are currently lacking in the South African context.
  2. The research makes it clear that tenant engagement is the most critical aspect of successful retrofits.
  3. Environmentally sustainable innovation in the social housing sector can bring clear benefits to tenants, SHIs and municipal utility providers, but only when and if greening stakeholders understand and build strategies and plans rooted in the context of social housing.
This report is a summary of a full technical report (also available on the WWF Publications Page). It provides decision makers and implementers in the social housing sector and landscape with information and research on lessons learnt in greening social housing.  
Greening of Social Housing: key findings and benefits in the low-income rental housing sector
Greening of Social Housing: key findings and benefits in the low-income rental housing sector

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